The BayAstro group publishes announcements of interesting events related to astronomy and aerospace in the San Francisco Bay Area. This can include events such as astronomy and interesting physical science lectures, club meetings, star parties, air shows and other events of interest mostly to amateur astronomers and science enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ken Lum, who created this event listing.
Due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus, some events have been or may be cancelled. Many venues will be closed to the end of March and some, perhaps, into April. Other events may offer online links and connections. To check on the status of a given event, check their website for updates.
Tuesday, 06/02/20 6:00 PM
Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
Online — YouTube and Zoom (meeting ID 992 1875 1554)
Pictures of Distant Worlds – Livestream
In the past two and a half decades, more than 4000 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars beyond our own Solar System. This has sparked a revolution in astronomy as we realize our Solar System is not alone. However, we still don’t know if our Solar System is rare or unique – the powerful techniques that detect extrasolar planets have discovered systems very different than our own. In recent years, advances in technology have allowed a handful of giant planets to be imaged directly. Find out about the first-ever images of other solar systems – and the technology that has allowed us to discover them, such as the Gemini Planet Imager, as well as the future planet-hunting space telescopes. The ultimate goal is detection of a second ‘pale blue dot’ – an Earth twin where we could even see the biosignatures of extrasolar life. Such a discovery will truly complete the evolution of our view of the Universe.
Speaker: Bruce Macintosh, Stanford
See weblink for streaming details
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Where Jeff Bezos’ Great Grand-Daughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System – Livestream
We will explore the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Our stops will include the 4,000-mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest “lover’s leap” in the solar system), the recently discovered salt-water steam geysers on Saturn’s intriguing moon Enceladus (nicknamed “Cold Faithful.”). We’ll finish with the latest images of the eerie vistas on Pluto.
The talk is free (but you need to RSVP to reserve a place) and will be illustrated with the latest color images from the space probes that explore the planets.
Speaker: Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for older adults at The Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI program at SF State. See: http://fraknoi.com for more information.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
KIPAC Astrophysics Colloquium
Fast Radio Bursts – Livestream
Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are short (few millisecond) bursts of radio waves observed from cosmological distances. Their origin is presently unknown, yet their rate is many hundreds per sky per day, indicating a not-uncommon phenomenon in the Universe. In this talk, I will review the FRB field and present new results on FRBs from a new digital transit radio telescope, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME).
Speaker: Vicky Kaspi, McGill University
See weblink for connection information. Password should be kipac, all lower case.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics
Highlighting Results from the HAWC Observatory – Livestream
Located on Sierra Negra in Puebla Mexico, the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory is one of the world’s premier facilities for exploring the universe at γ-ray energies exceeding 100 TeV. Large field-of-view and high duty cycle observatories like HAWC enable deep, unbiased surveys of the TeV sky. Sensitivity to the highest photon energies has allowed the pursuit of a variety of topics of interest to the broader astroparticle physics community. These efforts have led to unprecedented discoveries of large extended sources, as well as the discovery of some of the most powerful particle accelerators in our galaxy. This talk will discuss ongoing campaigns to detect transient phenomena such as followups on GRBs & Gravitational Waves, Galactic & Extragalactic sources, as well as larger questions such as the search for dark matter and Lorentz Invariance Violation.
Speaker: Chad Brisbois, Univ. of Maryland
See weblink for connection information. Password is kipac, all lower case.
05:00 PM – 06:30 PM
The Kavli Foundation | SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Stanford University
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/98581675140?pwd=bFV3WGJaVk5GcUtkNUFNTDQwS0g0QT09
See weblink for Zoom information. Please email Tony Rodriguez
Stanford Astronomical Society Virtual Stargazing Event – Livestream
We will have members from our core group share interesting facts about astronomy for a general audience and take questions along the way. We will answer questions you may always wondered about including: – What’s a black hole? – What constellations can I find tonight in the night sky and why are they interesting? – How do stars form? – Do stars and planets and galaxies move in space? If so, how does that work? – How can I do astronomy in my back yard? As with all of our events, absolutely anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of previous astronomy experience!
Saturday, 06/06/20 7:30 PM
East Bay Astronomical Society
Illuminating Dark Matter – Livestream
Dark matter is the cosmic parent of all vast structures in the night sky, including our own Milky Way galaxy. Yet we know so very little about this mysterious stuff that constitutes 85%(!) of the material universe. We don’t know what it’s made of, we don’t know where it came from, and we don’t know if there’s any way to “see” it.
In the first half of the talk, Robert will outline concrete things we do know about dark matter and how we’ve come to know them. He will start with historically significant evidence for dark matter and move on to more recent observations and simulations. All of this evidence will be astronomical or cosmological in nature with beautiful accompanying images and simulations.
In the second half, he will discuss the three complementary and distinct ways in which physicists and astronomers are trying to answer: what is dark matter? These include directly detecting dark matter in giant underground experiments, producing it at huge particle accelerators, and searching for its possible electromagnetic signals in telescopes. He will cover current, state-of- the-art efforts in all three directions, underlining the hope of this generation of scientists to soon discover this profoundly important but elusive stuff.
Speaker: Robert McGehee, UC Berkeley
See weblink for connection information
07:45 PM – 09:45 PM
San Jose Astronomical Society
See weblink and register to obtain connection information
Fantasy Flights to the Moon – Livestream
This talk is in part based on the same section in my new major lunar observers handbook, Luna Cognita. The 3-volume set is scheduled to be published by Springer before the end of this year. Harrison Schmitt of Apollo 17 wrote the Introduction. The book is available on Amazon right now for pre-publication orders.
Speaker: Bob Garfinkle, FRAS
09:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Other Dates For This Event:
• Saturday, 06/06/20
• Saturday, 06/13/20
• Saturday, 06/20/20
• Saturday, 06/27/20
Chabot Space and Science Center
Virtual Telescope Viewing – Livestream
Join our resident astronomers on Facebook Live every Saturday evening live from Chabot’s Observation deck! Each week, our astronomers will guide us through spectacular night sky viewing through Nellie, Chabot‘s most powerful telescope. Weather permitting we will be able to view objects live through the telescopes and our astronomers will be available for an open forum for all of your most pressing astronomy questions.
Streaming at Chabot’s Facebook Live page. See weblink for info.